After spending nearly a year in South Korea as an English teacher, native Ottawan Dovi Chein has returned and taken a position with Hillel Ottawa as student life co-ordinator.
Chein, a graduate of Rambam Day School and Yitzhak Rabin High School, holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications from the University of Ottawa, where he was active in Jewish campus life, serving on Hillel’s Israel Awareness Committee for three years, including as president in his final year.
Chein said he was particularly excited to be working for Hillel Ottawa because of the personal connection he had with the organization while he was a student.
“When I first moved out of my parents’ house, I lived at the Hillel House,” he said, “For four years, Hillel was there for me at every twist and turn. The directors were there for me, to celebrate during the good times or to sit down and talk during the bad times – so I thought it was a good time to come back to Ottawa and work for the organization that gave me so much.”
Chein feels he has a firm understanding of Hillel campus culture and is ready to aid and assist the students in any way necessary to ensure a successful year.
“I’m looking forward to working hard and collaborating with members of the Ottawa Jewish community to ensure that Jews on campus feel welcome,” he said.
Hillel Ottawa Executive Director Scott Goldstein is confident he picked the right person for the job.
“We had many applicants, but Dovi stood out to me as someone who was perfectly suited to take on this position. His personality, his background and his experiences really lean towards engaging students on campus and really creating a welcoming community on campus,” Goldstein said. “I’m ecstatic to have Dovi on the Hillel Ottawa team and I look forward to working with him.”